Flybubble is a respected paragliding company from the UK. The team spent some time thoroughly testing the new Roller and their summary: “The Niviuk Roller is great”.
Flybubble tested three sizes of the wing is varying conditions and wind strengths. About the size 20 they said they were: “Impressed at how it handled the breeze yet kept a good sink rate and performance: excellent for a mini wing. Where the paragliders were mostly 'pinned' facing into wind near the ridge, I had noticeably more freedom of movement on the Roller. First impressions of the size 20 loaded at around 92 kg (max load 115 kg) are that it's easy to manage on the ground and in the air, with impressive performance; a great first mini wing for a pilot (of the right weight) with good piloting skills”.
They had this to say on the Roller 16: “At first the wind was a bit top end for full size paragliders - good for the Roller - however the wind soon eased significantly. Although many 'full fat' paragliders were at ridge height (struggling to climb) the Roller was still able to hang on, due to its good performance, combined with flying efficiently in areas of maximum lift close to the ridge. The extra speed and playful agility of the Roller made me smile. It's perfect for indulging in some joyful swooping and twig-kicking”.
In summary, they said “For pilots looking for a mini wing that will extend their wind range, that is a lot of fun to fly, with excellent performance but easy to handle, the Niviuk Roller is great!”.
Team Fly Halo has announced the dates for the Icarus Trophy 2017. Billed as the world’s toughest air race, the Icarus Trophy paramotor competition will take place for the third time from 22nd Sept - 5th October 2017.
The course will be from Montana to Nevada, covering nearly 2000 km through some of the most iconic American scenery. Applications are now open for the race, as well as a number of similar, shorter races called the global XC race series. These will take place in Florida & Washington (USA), Queensland & Brisbane (AUS) and Dorset (UK).
Dobermann 2 pilot David Wainwright (AUS) has won the Race Division for the competition twice and Byron Leisek (Dobermann 2) won the 2016 Adventure Division.
A month after the 2017 global XContest started, Roberta Perinetti has taken an early lead in the women’s ranking. After spending a few weeks in Bir Billing, India, she has racked up an impressive 986.5 points already.
Flying her Artik 4, she completed six 100km+ flights in one week. The longest was 151.20 km (181.44 points), which required spending 6:46 hours in the air. Her other flights were 126.37km, 123.08km, 144.65km, 127.47km and 148.94km. She had a rest day on the 24th of October, but in the week between the 19th – 25th October, she was in the air for over 39 hours! An impressive week and excellent flying!
The Bi Skin 2 P promises epic adventures and these, as expected, have not been slow in coming. This weekend, Zeb Roche, who recently joined the Niviuk team, and his friend Jean-Michel Bacou completed an impressive hike & fly expedition to Ama Dablam, a 6812 meter mountain located in the eastern part of the Nepalese Himalayas.
After eight days of ascent and acclimatisation, at midnight on Saturday the two adventurers set out from base camp (at 5,700 meters) for the summit, carrying our new light 3.3kg tandem wing.
Zeb explains: "It was extraordinary, the weather of your dreams, a little wind during the climb and some stronger wind at the take-off (35-40 km/h). However, despite these conditions, the Bi Skin 2 P behaved great - we took off in half a second! We flew 200 meters above the peak of Ama Dablam on super laminar air, the views of those unique giant mountains was stunning. After a 45 minute flight, we finally landed at base camp at 4,600 meters. Simply magical.
The ascent was via steep slopes with fixed ropes, although some of them were really scary. So to flying down the mountain it was a real joy!”.
At Niviuk we will continue to follow their adventures, as well as the flights of all those who try the Bi Skin 2 P - the new single-skin tandem which is the lightest in the world.
We would like to present the new Bi Skin 2 P, the lightest EN B tandem in the world. Weighing only 3.3kg and with an extremely reduced packing volume, this single-surface tandem has the capacity to carry loads of up to 190kg, so that both pilot and passenger can share the experience of flight, hike & fly and vol biv adventures and descend from mountains with complete safety.
Available in size 31 m², the new Bi Skin 2 P is designed for leisure flights as well as commercial flights. The Bi Skin 2 P is certainly a revolutionary wing that has a surprising manoeuvrability and is capable of instilling a high degree of confidence in the pilot and, consequently, the passenger.
Discover the wing that marks a milestone not only in the world of tandem paragliding but in the general paragliding market as well.
21.10.16 Niviuk tops to podium at the Canungra Cup!
Although the weather was unkind to the famous Australian Canungra Cup, there were three valid tasks. The final one covered a 100km distance to Maryvale. The overall winner was Wally Arcidiacono, flying an Icepeak 8.
Kirsten Seeto (Peak 3) topped the women's podium with Kate Baker (Artik 4) taking the silver medal.
James Thompson (Icepeak 8) was awarded third place in the Master's class.
The French magazine Parapente Mag was first to test the new Koyot 3 (EN A) - the glider designed for new and future adventurers.
After a detailed analysis of the materials and components of the wing's makeup, the publication went on to analyse its behaviour. One of the points that surprised the test pilot was the ease and stability during inflation and take off: "In nil-wind the wing inflates and rises progressively without ever overshooting. Once overhead and although the pilot advanced slowly, the wing remained completely balanced. All new pilots have a tendency to over-brake during takeoff. With the Koyot 3, this is not a problem, because with its long brake travel it retains its good flying characteristics".
Another facet the test highlighted was the high passive safety because of the wing’s huge resistance to turbulence: "the Koyot 3 has the tendency to absorb unruly air and provides the pilot with useful feedback".
Compared to the old Koyot 2, the magazine emphasises the lightness of the new model, which is more responsive both during takeoff and during the flight, as well as faster and it thermals more efficiently. "It retains the user-friendliness of the previous model but is improved in terms of performance and efficiency", says the magazine.
For this reason, Paragliding Mag says that "the Koyot 3 does not seem a school wing, but more a high-performance glider".
Spanish documentary film-maker Xavi Coll used to live in Scotland and really loves the place and its people. A few months ago Xavi fulfilled a long-time ambition – to hike & fly from Ben Nevis, Scotland's highest mountain (1,346 m, 4,414 ft). Located in the Highlands, the surrounding scenery is breathtaking.
In Scotland, all mountains over 3000 feet (914 m) are called Munros (named after the man who produced the first list of such hills). Many people have the ambition to climb all 227 of the Munros of Scotland. The most famous Munro is Ben Nevis. Xavi has hiked up several Munros, but Ben Nevis has eluded him. On the 28th of July he and his friend Dani woke up to find the sky clear and they took the chance to hike up and fly from the summit.
It took them 2.30h hours to complete the 13 km hike. The atmosphere at the summit was magic. Misty and beautiful. Xavi takes up the story: 'You cannot take-off from the summit if you're landing by the Inn, since the top is very flat (and foggy by then), so we went a bit down until we found a small grassy place next to the track. I took my Koyot out of the backpack and people started to watch. I don't think it's very common to see someone flying off Ben Nevis. I had good breeze facing me, maybe 7 km/h or so, then I decided to take off and enjoy a smooth and beautiful flight down. It felt so good!!! Finally I could do my Munro hiking in combination with flying and Ben Nevis was my first one!'.
Xavi landed in front of the Nevis Inn Pub, where he had a beer and waited for his friend Dani to walk down.
His ambition now is to hike & fly all the Munros and be the first Spaniard to achieve this feat.
You can see his video of his hike and flight here:
Last weekend the Spanish Paramotor Slalom Championships were held at Lake Bornos (Spain). A competition in which young French Niviuk pilot Nicolas Aubert left his mark, leading each of the eleven completed tasks.
Flying his Dobermann 2 (size 15), Nicolas took the gold medal in the Open Championship, and therefore contributing to another victory for the French team.